Origins of Halloween

Spooky origins about the holiday.

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Isaac Ke, Contributor

Halloween happens annually on October 31. Many people enjoy the holiday because of sweet candy, decorations, pumpkin, haunted houses, jack-o-lanterns,and the costumes. But many do not know how Halloween came to be like this. The origin dates back to the ancient Celtic celebration of Samhain, when people lit bonfires and dressed up in costumes to fend off ghosts. Pope Gregory III established November 1 as a day to celebrate all saints in the ninth century. All Saints Day soon incorporated elements of Samhain’s customs. All Hallows Eve, and later Halloween, was the night before. On November 1, the Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in what is now Ireland, the United Kingdom, and Northern

 France, celebrated their new year.

 

This day signified the end of summer and harvest, as well as the start of the dark, frigid winter, which was traditionally connected with human death. Celts thought that during the night before the New Year’s Day, the line between the living and the dead blurred. They celebrated Samhain on October 31st, when it was thought that the spirits of the dead returned to Earth.

Druids erected massive sacred bonfires to celebrate the festival, where people came to burn crops and animals as sacrifices to the Celtic gods. The Celts dressed up in animal heads and skins and attempted to tell each other’s fortunes during the festival.

Photo credits:(Feature Photo)-Matheus Bertelli

(Middle Photo) Monstera

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(Editors, Halloween: Origins, Meaning & Traditions – HISTORY 2021)